a. & n. from Whoop, v. t.
Whooping cough Med., a violent, convulsive cough, returning at longer or shorter intervals, and consisting of several expirations, followed by a sonorous inspiration, or whoop; chin cough; hooping cough. Dunglison. -- Whooping crane Zool., a North American crane (Crus Americana) noted for the loud, whooplike note which it utters.<-- The species was reduced by hunting to several dozen in the 1960's and the numbers have been slowly rising since. --> -- Whooping swan Zool., the whooper swan. See the Note under Swan.
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